150 human rights, digital rights and media rights NGOs call on Obama to end prosecution of Snowden

150 human rights, digital rights and media rights NGOs call on Obama to end prosecution of Snowden

150 NGOs have joined Article 19 in signing a letter to President Obama, asking him to stop the prosecution of Edward Snowden.

Says Dr Agnes Callamard, ARTICLE 19 Executive Director:

“Edward Snowden’s disclosures have triggered a necessary and long-delayed public debate about mass surveillance online everywhere. Because of him, we have learned that much of our online life is being systematically intercepted and monitored by governments.
“Unfortunately, rather than investigate and prosecute those that have ordered and conducted one of the most unprecedented global violations of our rights, the US government has chosen to figuratively shoot the messenger, and European governments have been quick to help. They have revoked his passport, interfered in and obstructed his search for asylum, even impeding the travel of a sovereign president in their desire to punish the messenger.”

I find this very encouraging, as both Dr Callamard’s statement and the full letter express my exact thoughts on the matter. It is a brilliant, brilliant thing, deserving of support and circulation. Read it and pass it on!

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